Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Believe in Yourself

Is only 4 more days till I run the SF Marathon!! As race day fast approaches I reminisce about the journey and lessons learned about believing in yourself. 

"I've come to believe that my all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy."
                                                         -Anthony Robbins

I always think back the first time I began Running. How difficult it was to breath properly, knees aching and even shedding some tears. The worse part was always thinking I couldn't do it!

In High School I recall trying out for women's softball with my friend and when the coach said you will have to run laps right before every practice I thought of the many excuses I could come up to tell my friend I couldn't do it. 

Later in life when turning twenty-five I made a list of all the things I wanted to do before turning thirty. Though at a moment of anger I tossed that list; still after some years I recalled my top three things to do: Run a Marathon, Practice Yoga and try Kayaking. 

Running was something I couldn't do beyond one mile. At first it would take me forever to complete it and caused me frustration when my body wouldn't cooperate. At times I would cry doubting that my ambition was too big. But the more I got out there is when my body and mind made the connection that lead for a spurt of self confidence. 

This sport has given me so much from a healthy mind to a healthy body but best gift has been the power of knowing I can do anything I set my mind to. It has open a thirst to try new things whether with family/friends or even on my own. On top of Running I've tried Yoga which worked perfectly with my Running. Some of those yoga moves I've incorporated as my must to before or after I run moves. In August, planning to try Kayaking for the 1st time!! Yippee!! I can't wait to try it and be surrounded by nature. 

At times there might be setbacks from injury/plans changing/whatever that is but the point is never to give up on yourself. Don't limit yourself by telling yourself a lie. Sometimes the process isn't easy..geez just getting out of your door can be the toughest part yet but once you push yourself anything is possible. Is up to you to make it happen. 

As I run SF marathon this time around my focus will be to enjoy it and of course try to get a better time then last time. Come on I like to compete with myself! Tell you how it goes at next week's post. 

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